4 Reasons You Might Need a Plumber to Re-pipe Your Home

Through the decades, various techniques have been used to provide running water in homes all over the country, so sometimes a plumber finds himself needing to re-pipe an entire house. There are still homes that have cast iron pipes, which were standard many years ago. However, the new standard is either copper or PVC, mainly because cast iron pipes were extremely difficult and costly to fix. Here are four reasons you might want to have a plumber re-pipe your house:

  1. 1. If the pipes in your home are more than 30 years old, you may actually save money by having it re-piped. This is especially true if it seems like you constantly need leaks in various places fixed. If it seems like you have one leak fixed only to have another one pop up somewhere else in the system and you have old pipes, there is a good chance that you might need to have it re-piped.

  2. 2. Sometimes the only option to repair leaks in the foundation or slab of your home is to re-pipe them. Usually a plumber will just re-pipe the house through the walls and overhead because it is a much less expensive way to fix this type of leak. The only other alternative is to do some major demo work, potentially even tearing down the entire house if the entire foundation is affected.

  3. 3. If your water bill suddenly increases significantly, you probably have a leak somewhere, and in the case of major leaks, you may find that it’s actually cheaper to just have it re-piped. Water certainly isn’t cheap in most areas, and if you have a lot of pipes that are damaged, replacing those pipes with new ones may be the only way to keep your water bill from going sky high.

  4. 4. Preventing water damage to your home also saves a lot of money and stress in the long run because moisture problems can cause mold and mildew, which can, in turn, create serious health problems for you and your family.

A plumber can do various tests on your system to find out if you really do need to have it re-piped. One of the tests they may do is video inspection of the pipes. This will enable them to send a camera down into the pipes so that they can look around and actually see what is going on. Leak detection is an important first step before any major decisions about your plumbing system should be made.

Many homeowners wonder what kinds of pipes can actually be re-piped, and the answer is simple. Almost any kind of pipe can actually be re-piped. Even sewer and drain lines can be replaced if that is where the real problem lies. An expert who is skilled in this type of plumbing work can help you determine the least expensive and best course of action for any plumbing problem you are having in your home or business.

It is never fun to have issues with the plumbing in your home or business, but a skilled plumber can limit the amount of time you are without water and provide you with a solution that doesn’t break the bank. It is always better to get problems taken care of sooner rather than later so that you don’t have to deal with mold, mildew, or even a much higher repair bill, simply because you took too long to have it checked out. Scott English Plumbing is your plumber in Newport Beach; let them take care of all your plumbing needs.